I’ve got a load of things to write about tonight, but I’ll get this one out of the way because it’s quick and snarky.
Since writing my JEMA rant, my field leader has been trying to encourage me to go to tomorrow’s annual general meeting in Tokyo (yeah, OK, where else would it be?) to put across my views in person. Now there were a few reasons why I was a bit unwilling to go: I don’t know enough of the background and so I don’t want to cry wolf, I can’t really afford it, and well, I don’t actually really care all that much. He tried further cajoling me with the information that the guy who wrote the screamingly anti-Japanese piece in Japan Harvest has now been selected as the next president. OK, that’s a bit more potentially disastrous. Maybe I should give it a bit of thought.
But then I looked at the AGM agenda, and found that this big contentious issue of the Fundamentalism response takes up a whole zero minutes of conference time. There are only two things on the agenda: a report from the “nominating committee” and “elections” of the candidates put forward by the nominating committee. The AGM appears to consist of an agenda with no action items, a meeting with no discussion, and an election with no choice of candidates. And you want me to traipse over to Tokyo for this? No thank you.
Dear JEMA, at your next meeting please decide upon a reason for your own existence. No love, Simon.